New York residents are no strangers to snow and sleet, icy roads, and other hazardous driving conditions during the winter months. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) reports average annual snowfall at 150 inches in Syracuse and Buffalo, 50 inches in Albany, and over 200 inches in Watertown/ Tug Hill Plateau.
DOT warns that, because of resource limitations and weather conditions, roads will sometimes be snow-covered, icy and slippery during the winter months. The agency urges motorists to use caution and drive appropriately for the conditions to avoid car accidents on snow and ice.
Consider the following facts about winter weather-related accidents in the U.S.:
- Twenty-four percent of all crashes are weather related.
- Almost 7,400 people die in weather-related accidents each year.
- More than 673,000 people annually are injured in weather-related accidents.
- Adverse weather is a factor in 28 percent of total crashes and nearly 20 percent of highway fatalities.
- Heavy snow reduces average speed on highways by five to 40 percent.
- Light snow reduces average speed on highways by three to 13 percent.
- Slushy or snowy pavement reduces average arterial speeds by 30 to 40 percent.
- State and local agencies in the U.S. spend more than $2.3 billion on snow and ice control every year.
- Based on a 10-year average from 2002 to 2012, there were 211,188 crashes on snow and sleet, 154,580 crashes on icy pavement, and 175,233 crashes on snow and slushy pavement every year.
- 405 traffic fatalities occur each year on pavement covered with snow and/or slush while it is snowing.
- 203 fatalities occur each year on icy pavement during snow storms.
Driving Responsibly in Winter Weather Road Conditions
Despite the hazardous driving conditions during the winter months from November through April, not all winter car accidents can be blamed entirely on the weather. Many crashes could be prevented if motorists would drive with the caution needed under hazardous driving conditions.
Regardless of posted speed limits, drivers need to reduce their speed, accelerate and decelerate slowly, brake gradually, and leave plenty of room between their vehicle and the other vehicles ahead when streets and roads are snow-packed and icy. When they fail to do so, they put themselves and other motorists at high risk of an accident.
Help from an Experienced Syracuse Car Accident Lawyer
At Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we help victims of car accidents on icy roads caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other drivers. If safe driving on your part was not enough to prevent an accident and you have been injured through the fault of another motorist, a car accident lawyer with our firm can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
Whether we resolve your case through negotiations with the insurance company or win a verdict at trial, our goal is to help you to recover the maximum amount possible. All of our attorneys have a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating. We offer a free consultation, and we do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you.
- New York State Department of Transportation, Transportation Maintenance: Snow and Ice Control
- S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Highway Crashes in Adverse Road Weather Conditions
- American Journal of Public Health, Effects of Snowfall on Motor Vehicle Collisions, Injuries and Fatalities
- Federal Highway Administration Road Weather Management Program Snow and Ice
- Federal Highway Administration Road Weather Management Program How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?
Last Updated. Nov. 15, 2014